Major plans for tackling A629 traffic

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Plans for a road scheme to ease congestion on the A629 between Jubilee Road and the junction with Free School Lane in Halifax, worth up to £4.5 million, will be on show at a public drop-in session next week.

The public event, which is being held between 3pm and 8pm on Wednesday 28 October 2015 at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road in Skircoat, will be an opportunity for residents and businesses to view the scheme design, talk to Council officers and ask questions about the plans.

The proposals include widening the highway and upgrading the traffic lights system to reduce journey times, ease traffic flow and improve air quality. There will also be improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, said:“This is one of the busiest stretches of highway in Calderdale, leading to and from the M62, and it’s frequently very congested with lots of standing traffic. Our forecasts show that the problem will only get worse unless we take action now.

“We’re very excited to be able to share these plans with residents and local businesses and to hear their views. This is one of the first schemes which are planned using the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, which is going to bring major economic benefits to Calderdale and the region by providing significant improvements to our road and rail network.”

Subject to approval, work is scheduled to start on site in autumn 2016. Construction will be phased along the road and is estimated to take around nine months.

Work on the three kilometre stretch of highway will be wholly funded by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, subject to approval by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. This is the first phase of a wider transport strategy, which includes proposals to improve the flow of traffic through Halifax town centre and the Calder and Hebble junction.

This first project represents £4.5m investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion-plus package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.